Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 15, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Prince Faisal Ibn Musaed - the young Saudi prince found guilty of assassinating King Faisal in March, is beheaded with a golden sword in front of thousands in the Saudi Arabian capitol of Riyadh. He appeared calm as he knelt in front of the chopping block. The sword sheared off his head with a clean sweep. The crowd was given 15 minutes to view the body before it was taken away. He’s the first member of the Saudi royal family ever executed in public.
President Ford says he favors Nelson Rockefeller and wants him to remain his VP on the 1976 republican ticket. “I am confident that both of us can convince the delegates that individually and as a team that we should be nominated.”
Jorge Born - director of Bunge and Born - an Argentine grain and manufacturing company known worldwide, is released by kidnappers after a $60 million ransom is paid. He had spent 9 months in captivity.
Pamela Kelly (20) receives a $1 million settlement from injuries received two years ago while she was riding in an open car driven by Joseph P. Kennedy III. Kelly was paralyzed from the chest down by the accident. She said she has become closer friends with Joseph since then. Of the Kennedy family she says - “They’re my friends. I love them. I love them all.”
Sports news - June 15, 1975
NHL president Clarence Campbell admits the league made a mistake by giving franchises to the California Seals and the Pittsburgh Penguins and that one or both teams could be disbanded next year. Both are in financial straights.
Ending weeks of speculation - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is going to the LA Lakers from the Milwaukee Bucks. Jabber is rated the NBA’s best center.
Muhammad Ali says his July 1 bought with Joe Bugner will be his last fight. “I’m 99% sure I’m gonna retire.”
Best-selling books – June 15, 1975
Bestsellers - “Centennial” - James Michener, “The Moneychangers” - Arthur Hailey, “Breech Of Faith” - Theodore White, “How The Goodguys Finally Won” - Jimmy Breslin.
Television news – June 15, 1975
WGPR-TV (Channel 62) is set to debut in Detroit. It will be the nation’s first black-owned commercial TV station. The station will mix several original programs with syndicated fare. The International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, known as the Black Masons, is financing the station. They also own WGPR-FM in Detroit.
John Denver returns from a two-week trip to Alaska. Denver filmed a TV program on whale hunting and polar bears.
Helen Reddy is named permanent host of “Midnight Special” - seen late Friday evenings on NBC. Carol Wayne will host a new segment - “Rock Rap” featuring news from the world of come temporary music.
The Brady Bunch returns to the ABC schedule beginning this month - in reruns. The series will air at 10:30am eastern and pacific.
ABC news commentator Howard K. Smith is honored by the House of Representatives during Flag Day ceremonies. He was cited for his contribution to American journalism
TV director John Florea is stabbed in the back at the LA county courthouse by his ex-wife. The two were emerging from the courtroom where a ruling went against her. He’s in stable condition. Florea is best known for his directing in Bonanza and The Virginian.
Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – June 15, 1975
CBS - Cher, Kojak, Mannix ... NBC - Wonderful World Of Disney, McMillan and Wife ... ABC - Six Million Dollar Man, Movie, American’s All (filler)
Cher - Kate Smith, Ike and Tina Turner - Tim Conway are guests.
Kojak - An ex-convict is after Kojak’s life.
McMillan and Wife - The McMillan’s compete in a big-prize sport’s car rally but discover it’s littered with pranks and accidents.
Music news – June 15, 1975
The Supreme Court rules that piped-in radio music does not infringe the copyrights of composers and that small business are not subject to ASCAP, BMI or SESAC fees. Currently, ASCAP charges a small business a fee of $5.00 per month.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – June 15, 1975
“Love Will Keep Us Together” - The Captain & Tennille, “The Hustle’ - Van McCoy, “Listen To What The Man Said’ - Wings, “Magic” - Pilot, “Swearin’ To God’ - Frankie Valli, “I’m Not In Love’ - 10cc, “Wildfire” - Michael Murphey, “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” - Major Harris, “One Of These Nights’ - The Eagles, “The Way We Were/Try To Remember” - Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Please Mr. Please” - Olivia Newton John, “Someone Saved My Life” - Elton John, “Rockin’ Chair” - Gwen McCrae.
Some top movies – June 15, 1975
Funny Lady - Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif.
Bite The Bullet - Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn
Once Is Not Enough - Kirk Douglas, Alexis Smith
The Towering Inferno - Steve McQueen, Paul Newman
The Drowning Pool - Joanne Woodward, Tony Franciosa
Jaws - Roy Scheider
The Fortune - Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson.